Historic Seipsville Hotel

Seipsville’s story


In 1760, Henry Hoagland sold land along the west side of Old Nazareth Road to a settler named Peter Seip. Shortly thereafter, in honor of Peter Seip, this area became known as Seipsville. He began building what was to be the first public house between Easton and Nazareth. Soon after its construction, the  Historic Seipsville Hotel became a very popular stagecoach stop for travelers passing through the Lehigh Valley. These weary frontiersmen could sleep, eat, and enjoy an evening of gossip at the newly erected inn.

As time passed, the Historic Seipsville Hotel became a famous meeting place for many civic and political organizations. The township board of supervisors met regularly here at the Historic Seipsville Hotel. At one particular meeting, they discussed plans for creating a new township. At the time, Seipsville was part of Forks Township. So in 1857, these determined men decided to establish a new township. Named after George Palmer, the Surveyor General of Pennsylvania, it became known as Palmer Township. The details were finalized here in the meeting room located on the second floor.

Throughout much of the 20th century, the Historic Seipsville Hotel continued to serve many purposes. It was used as a polling place and a post office for township residents. In 1977,  the Historic Seipsville Hotel was purchased by the late Elpedio “Pete” Pettinelli. The Pettinelli family immediately worked to restore the building to its original design. During that same year, the Historic Seipsville Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Seipsville Hotel has revealed its unique and original eighteenth-century architecture and stonework in a venue that provides the warm and inviting atmosphere for your corporate event, intimate gathering or banquet.